[sword-devel] Architecture and DVCS - was : Re: Project "Free Scriptures" started

Chris Burrell chris at burrell.me.uk
Wed Feb 26 06:44:08 MST 2014

>From a JSword point of view, I feel it has encouraged more frequent commits
and easier to review the changes. I certainly felt I could commit to the
engine more readibly - i.e. branching, building STEP of the branch of
JSword while the pull request gets reviewed/merged.

On 26 February 2014 13:23, Peter Von Kaehne <refdoc at gmx.net> wrote:

> > Gesendet: Mittwoch, 26. Februar 2014 um 10:50 Uhr
> > Von: "Nic Carter" <niccarter at mac.com>
> > Sorry for the top-post-reply, but here it is, so I guess I'm not all
> that sorry ;)
> >
> > The main bit of code you are referring to (parsing the HTML) is my code.
> There is other code that parses the return from an FTP server, which is
> ancient code. My code is (relatively) new, only about 3 years old? (I'm
> sure you can look it up?)
> > I agree it is completely a hack. I have had no time to fix it, but TBH,
> when I do "fix" it I will be ripping curl out of PocketSword and using
> native iOS stuff and will do all downloads that way. (Currently I download
> various bits using the build-in SWORD methods & various bits using native
> iOS Obj-C methods.)
> The main background to this of course is that HTML parsing was never meant
> to be in the code, but that the FTP distribution was considered as the
> norm. The architectural decision behind all this was that any module
> installation can act as the root for a distribution. No index files, no
> fuss, no effort. And HTTP transfer was only grudgingly accepted as a way of
> allowing some frontends to work.
> Personally I think this is not really anymore a convincing decision - many
> not terribly IT savvy people might want to distribute small collections of
> modules and could do this a lot easier from some webspace than by way of
> maintaining a public FTP server.
> But this is the background. And I think if you want to change that you
> need to challenge this specific view of practicality.
> > I agree that switching to DVCS is a sane move & that sticking with SVN
> is like shooting yourself in the foot. However, it seems like it's never
> going to change, so I'm not going to fight that battle (insert comment
> about loosing battles in order to win the war, and the "war" is producing
> excellent software for iOS, which I'm actually currently loosing, but that
> has nothing to do with CrossWire and everything to do with myself and lack
> of time right now).
> I would like to see a move to Git. I understand it. I can use it , it
> gives heaps of benefits which are all lost when using hacks like git-svn
> and there is no sane reason that using Git would loose that central repo
> with tight control.
> Jsword has done that move, and I think it was beneficial for all concerned.
> Peter
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